Farm families that have enjoyed 100 or 125 years of life on the farm or ranch have the opportunity to be honored during the South Dakota State Fair on Aug. 29.
Farms and ranches have long been the foundation of South Dakota history. Many of these farms and ranches have been the same families for many years. The South Dakota Farm Bureau along with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture would like to recognize and honor these South Dakota Century Farms.
If your family has retained ownership of a farm or ranch for 100 years or more in South Dakota, and if the farm consists of a minimum of 80 acres of the original farmland, you may be qualified in having your farm or ranch honored as a Century Farm.
If your family has owned at least 80 acres of the same farm or ranch for at least 125 years, you are eligible to apply for Quasquicentennial Farm recognition.
The recognition ceremony is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the state fairgrounds in Huron.
Application forms are available online for both the Century Farm and the Quasquicentennial Farm recognition at www.sdfbf.org or http://sdda.sd.gov/Secretary/Century-Farms, or by calling (605) 353-8052.
All forms must be completed and notarized before being returned by Aug. 12 to the South Dakota Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 1426, Huron, SD, 57350.
Century Farms have been recognized at the State Fair since 1984 by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and South Dakota Farm Bureau and since the program was started more than 2,400 farms and ranches have been honored.
Last year, in honor of the 125th anniversary of the State Fair, the two organizations began honoring Quasquicentennial farms as well. That tradition will continue this year. Recognition of the Quasquicentennial Farms will immediately follow the Century Farms program.